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Megan-Brette Hamilton

Megan-Brette Hamilton

Assistant Professor

Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences

Megan-Brette Hamilton

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1143-C Haley Center

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PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

MA, University of Maryland

BA, Hampton University

About Me

Megan-Brette Hamilton is an assistant professor and an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist. She spent 10 years in New York City schools, the largest school district in the U.S., working primarily with African American and Hispanic/Latinx students. During this time, she also hosted a show on Brooklyn cable where she got a taste of the diverse cultures and dialects of the city. Her research centers on the classroom experiences of African American English-speaking children and speakers of other non-mainstream dialects. She is curious about the paralinguistic aspects of dialect, teacher-student communication interactions, and the role of dialect and cultural identity in acquiring mainstream American English literacy. Hamilton has presented her work nationally and internationally; consulted with teachers, librarians, and speech-language pathologists; and maintains a blog dedicated to increasing our understanding of cultural-linguistic diversity.


Literacy, Language and Culture Lab

Research Interests

cultural-linguistic differences in children with and without language disorders, African American English-speaking children’s classroom experiences, mainstream American English literacy acquisition, cultural-linguistic perspectives and competence, qualitative research methods


Select Publications:

  • Hamilton, M-B., (2020). Real life lessons in language and literacy: Discovering the role of identity for AAE-speakers. Journal of Language & Literacy Education – University of Georgia. 15(2)
  • Hamilton, M-B., (2020). An informed lens on African American English. The ASHA Leader. 25(1), 46-53
  • Plexico, L., Hamilton, M-B., Hawkins, H., & Erath, S. (2019). Workplace discrimination, job satisfaction, and coping with people who stutter. Manuscript submitted for publication, Journal of Fluency Disorders.
  • Hamilton, M.B., Mont, E., & McLain, C. (2018). Deletion, omission, reduction: Redefining the language we use to talk about AAE. Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups. 
  • Pearson, J. N., Hamilton, M. B., & Meadan, H. (2018). “We saw our son blossom” A guide for fostering culturally responsive partnerships to support African American autistic children and their families. Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups3(1), 84-97.
  • Hamilton, M. B., Angulo-Jiménez, H., Taylo, C., & DeThorne, L. S. (2018). Clinical implications for working with nonmainstream dialect speakers: A focus on two Filipino kindergartners. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 1-12.
  • Hamilton, M-B. (2016). What does it mean to sound African American? Teachers’ perceptions of school age children’s communication (Dissertation, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). 
  • DeThorne, L.S., Hengst, J., & Hamilton, M-B. (2016).  Communication disorders. In: Howard S. Friedman (Ed.), Encyclopedia of mental health, 2nd Edition, Vol. 1, (pp. 324-329). Waltham, MA: Academic Press.
  • Jarrett, R.L., Hamilton, M-B., & Coba-Rodriguez, S. (2015).  "So we would all help pitch in:" The family literacy practices of low-income African American mothers of preschoolers.  Journal of Communication Disorders.

Select Presentations:

  • Hamilton, M-B., Latimer-Hearn, D., & Holt, Y. (Featured Expert Guest). (2020, Feb 27). Language and identity: Shifting away from a deficit perspective on African American English: [ASHA Voices podcast].
  • Hamilton, M-B. & Latimer-Hearn, D. (Featured Expert Guest) (2020 Feb 5). Dialogue on dialect: A positive reflection on African American English [ASHA Live chat]
  • Hamilton, M-B. & Tye, S. (2019, October). Adult literacy in Lee County: Consideration of dialect in the instruction and assessment of reading. Poster presentation. Faculty Research Symposium. Auburn University, Auburn, AL.
  • Hamilton, M-B. (2019, July) Reframing our understanding of African American English. Oral presentation. American Speech-Language Hearing Association Connect Conference. Chicago, IL.
  • Gibson, S., Shockley, E. & Hamilton, M-B. (2019, April) Reconceptualizing the roles of speech and language pathologists regarding African American English in K-12 schools. Roundtable discussion. American Educational Research Association 2019 Annual Meeting. Toronto, Canada.
  • Plexico, L., Hawkins, H. & Hamilton, M-B. (2018, November) Discrimination & job satisfaction with people who stutter. Poster presentation. American Speech-Language Hearing Association Convention, Boston, MA.
  • Hamilton, M-B. (2018, November) But what about language? Linking oral language, cultural identity, and literacy. Oral presentation. Annual Conference National Association for the Education of Young Children. Washington, D.C.
  • Hamilton, M-B. (2018, March). Cultural-linguistic competence in the 21st century: Why it matters. CLA Diversity Research Symposium, Auburn University.
  • Hamilton, M-B. (2018, January).  Culture, language, and learning: Considerations for the classroom curriculum. Oral presentation Conversations in Celebration of Teaching conference, Auburn University.
  • Hamilton, M-B. (2017, November) From colorblind to color brave: Becoming a culturally-competent clinician. Oral presentation American Speech-Language Hearing Association Convention, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Hamilton, M-B. & DeThorne, L. (2017, May) “My job is to get them ready for the world that’s out there:” Teachers’ perceptions of AAE. Poster presentation 13th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry 2017, Urbana, IL.
  • Hamilton, M-B., DeThorne, L. (2017, April) “Street talking”…”another layer of ESL:” Teachers’ perceptions of AAE. Poster presentation National Black Association of Speech Language and Hearing Conference, Atlanta, GA. 
  • Hamilton, M-B. (2017, February) Expanding cultural competence in your clinical practice: Working with AAE-speaking children and their families. Oral presentation at Speech and Hearing Association of Alabama Convention 2017 Birmingham, AL. 

Courses Taught

  • CMDS 2503: Communication Disorders in Society
  • CMDS 3000: Introduction to Speech Pathology and Audiology
  • CMDS 4560: Child and Adolescent Language Disorders
  • CMDS 7700: Clinical Problem Solving I
  • CMDS 7720: Clinical Problem Solving II